Background: Bugisu is the name of the tribe that farms the mountain, and Bugisu is now the name applied to the coffee they grow in Eastern Uganda. The Sipi Falls Project began in 1999 as a model of coffee farmer reeducation and innovation for the 5,000 small landholders in the area. The whole family helps to pick the red cherries and dries them in the sun before transporting them for sale on donkeys, bicycles, or baskets placed on the head. Today the project reaches 6,900 farmers certified to the organic (EU, NOP), UTZ, and Rainforest Alliance standards.
Through cooperation with the EVD (the Dutch agency for sustainability, innovation, and international business cooperation), a fully equipped wet processing mill and drying patio has been installed, as well as a warehouse, cherry collection trucks, and a waste-water treatment system. With a state-of-the-art wet mill, this project’s aim is to enhance quality through centralized wet processing of the coffee cherries. Modern, sustainable farming practices have helped to dramatically increase yield as well as quality.
Coffee for the Bugisu Sipi Falls Project is grown near Mt Elgon, an ancient volcano on the border with Kenya, where steep slopes and cooler weather make it the perfect coffee growing climate. We are proud to support this project through our partnership with Royal Coffee.
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